December 18, 2017

Love Letter to Heaven

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

My Lord…

I was created to praise you.
I was created to adore you.
The Splendor of Heaven came knocking at my door and when I opened up I received a rush of your Goodness and it made my heart soar.

There is no one like you, God.

You made room for me at your banquet table and, oh, what a Glorious Feast.
When our eyes meet it becomes liquid healing- streaming pools of unmerited favor, grace and forgiveness.

There is none like you.

I was made to sing your praise.
You have put a Joyful Song in my heart and I sing it vibrantly because your Hope has been the key to unlock the doors and release me into your Secret Garden.
The Breath of Heaven breathed new life into me and filled me to capacity- overflowing your Tender Nature and Abiding Faith all over the place. You have given a Delightful Inheritance.

There is truly no other like you.

You are completely unique in all of your ways.
You are all things Lovely.
You are all things Splendid.
You are…
And my heart is fully commended, faithful and loyal to you.

The Love Song of Heaven wrote my heart through and through. I’ve been scripted by you.

Truly…there isn’t anyone like you.

Your Love flows from your temple gates and I will receive it.

~Nicole

“Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”
Song of Solomon 8:7

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December 17, 2017

Baby Grace

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:49 am by Broken & Brave

Becoming a Champion of Heart…

I used to have a dog named Baby Grace. She was a Rottweiler and I inherited her when I married (she was John’s dog). I am not what I would call a dog lover, but this dog stole my heart.

John used to be on the road a lot coaching and it was just me and this pup. She kept me great company and had the gentleness that her named implied. When I reflect back to that time in my life I get a little emotional. I can still discern the depth of my attachment and loyalty to this creature anchored to the farthest crevices of my heart. That dog was sent to me by God, I know she was. She was used by Him as a foreshadow of how His Grace would grow in abundant measure in my life. I was a very hurting person back then, but I was like most people…I didn’t necessarily know it. I walked around numb and a bit desensitized by life.  I kept to myself for the most part and didn’t let a whole lot of people in. I was a reflection of what I believe most of America looks like today.

God has brought me so far to heal my heart and strengthen my soul. By His Grace He poured into me, in excess, encouraged me and brought comfort me. He overwhelmed me with  love and it worked itself into me like a deep tissue massage of healing ointment that could produce nothing other than pain relief, healing and restoration for a sore soul.

I have been groomed by the Lord to be the same for others. All the encouraging, grace, healing virtue and comfort that flows from my heart is only a trickle of what I feel he has done for me. It is only a drop compared to the enormous capacity I know can flow freely from within me. Most of the time I hold back in fairly great measure because I am trying to meet people where they are at. I find most people have never known love or friendship like that so they get frightened or shy away from it. It’s always best to grow, heal and love ’em slow. Give people space and love them with kindness, a smile, support. Everyone responds to love differently, so my response is gauged accordingly. Some of this I have learned by trial and error. God has spent the past decade teaching how to love effectively on people vastly different in life experience than me. People wounded at the core and full of life long rejection and abandonment. I’ve learned how experiences like this affect how individuals process and manage their mind and emotions, it’s different because of their pain and I’ve had to learn how to see things from that perspective because it’s a delicate balance not to trigger their past pain unintentionally. God is so good and loving. Loving people and valuing their worth openly, celebrating who they are, is probably my favorite thing and I find enormous spiritual edification in it. I wouldn’t have it any other way. God is beautiful and lovely like that…

He will collect our pain, wash it away and use us as a salve or mending agent in the life of others. For me it’s more specific to the emotional wellness of humans and their physical wellness also–but this concept applies to all avenues of existence.

Allow God to hold your heart. The Greatest Champion of Heart is a Mighty King of Grace. He wants to bless you this Christmas with a greater piece of His heart. It’s all about Jesus!

What would a day of perfect Peace actually look like anyway?

~Nicole

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August 23, 2017

Besotted

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:28 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever heard the story of  “Cyrano de Bergerac”? It was a play written in the late 1800’s about a man named Cyrano. Cyrano was a soldier in the French army. He was extremely gifted and talented. Cyrano was a passionate and strong-willed man known for many pursuits and ambitions. He was known as a magnificent duelist, poet and musician. However, Cyrano had an enormous nose. The size of his nose, so caused him to doubt himself, that he felt he could not dare to dream of love. He was hopelessly in love with his cousin, Roxane, but never dreamed that she would ever have interest in him. He had so much self-doubt of his appearance that he failed to acknowledge his own worth as a man by the measure of all he was gifted in. He didn’t feel he was good enough to have her love.

Do you ever feel like Cyrano? Isn’t it true we are our own worst critics! All of us, not a person is excluded from this sad truth. I imagine this is because we know ourselves the best. We know our own private thoughts about ourselves. We remember every hurtful word ever spoken over us. We know our darkest secrets, or maybe not so dark secrets. We know our every flaw and shortcoming. Sure, we are aware of our strengths as well, but most people, even if they never verbalize it,  do tend to measure themselves by their areas of weakness. For some people this painful awareness becomes a major stumbling block to true victory in life, much like Cyrano. Let me now transition to another man by the name of Nehemiah.

Nehemiah, like Cyrano, was a man of action. Nehemiah was not a soldier like Cyrano, but he did serve a King. In fact, Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the King of Persia (Neh. 1:11). Nehemiah was of Jewish descent and longed to go the aid of his people who desperately needed help rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah sought the King and received permission to go to the people and build a wall. What he did was so much more…he built an ever-enduring legacy of leadership amongst a people who were broken down in heart and spirit. A people much like Cyrano.

What was the difference between Nehemiah and Cyrano (aside from one being a character in a play and the other an actual figure in history)? Nehemiah revered his King, but he also knew that he had FAVOR with the King. History states that Nehemiah was very frightened to speak to the king of this matter, he prayed, mustered up the courage, and acted despite his own self-doubts.  There is a King in heaven who favors you! Would you like to know how?

Yours is a heart that intoxicates Him. When we seek him out it’s like clouding the judgments of man, which tend to be harsh, but opening the gates that release healing waters. Waters so pure and clean a path is carved in the darkness for God’s pure light to pour out with such force that it breaks free all who are bound by captivity. The result is freedom from the past, freedom from broken heartedness, freedom from heaviness, freedom from pain. So may I ask, “why are you so hard on yourself?” Maybe it’s time to look fear in the face and just stop being so afraid. It is time to stop being like Cyrano, focused on his nose attached to his face, and to look out and beyond to future things. Who said you weren’t enough? Why can’t you be a person after God’s own heart? You can have favor with both God and man. Favor is favor and is as blind to flaws as romantic love.

God is respecter of no man, but lover of all. We do not need to earn his Favor. We do not need to convince him to love us. Imagine, for just one moment that you, too, were like Nehemiah. You are cupbearer to the King. What kind of drink offering would you bring?

He longs for your praise and adoration of who He is. Not because he has ego that needs to be engaged, that’s not it at all. Journey through your imagination with me for a moment and dare to dream of a love so deep because the Lover of your Soul is enamored with you. You don’t have to hide your flaws and imperfections because he knows them, each and every one. His eye and mind are on something entirely different. He is captivated when he catches your gaze and He is enamored by your smile. Like a mother with a newborn child, she glows with radiance as she looks upon her child. She knows the child isn’t perfect and the child will have setbacks and failures in life. SHE DOESN’T CARE. All she is focused on is the love in her heart and the desire to care for and nurture a love so rare it must be Divine, it must be Sincere, for why else would her heart swell? Why else would her joy be so grand? Why else? She is in love.

When we pray to God and offer simple gratitude, our heart to his, it is like a fragrant flower releasing its sweet pollen…an aroma so pleasing… our prayers to Him. Your prayers do not have to be long or wordy. There is no need for big words, religious rituals or even a hint of eloquence to our speech. It simply needs to come from our heart. Try it and see for yourself. You are the one who will feel blessed and lifted up. Your mood when heavy will lighten. Your perspective will begin to brighten. Your heaviness of heart will dissipate. You may begin to believe in yourself and see past the nose upon your face into the realm of unlimited potential.

You are a glorious crown in the hand of a King. There is no shame, no defeat. No awkwardness of appearance like we see in the example of Cyrano. There is only a covenant of Love He desires to keep. So, approach His Throne and approach others with the confidence of Nehemiah. God loves you and longs to lavish grace and tender mercies upon you.

He is besotted.

Blessings be yours this day, and forevermore. -Nicole

June 26, 2017

Faithful Friend

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 7:02 am by Broken & Brave

Part of being a good friend is being a good listener. It is more than just hearing words spoken, but listening for heart expressed. Sometimes people do not need advice, only a shoulder to lean on and the kindness of a gentle ear followed by tight lips. Jonathan was such a friend to David. The Bible says his soul was knit to David’s soul and loved him as his own soul. Reading this passage in 1 Samuel 18 would make anyone desire to HAVE a friend like Jonathan. Let me challenge us all today to BE a friend like Jonathan.
Simply Beautiful! ~Nicole

“Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding.”
Prov. 2:2